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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of all research reports commissioned by his Department since 1997 into homeopathy; and what the cost was of each such report.
The Department commissions research to support policy development and implementation through its Policy Research Programme (PRP). Since 1997, the PRP has commissioned no research projects on homeopathy.
Since 1997, the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme has been funded as a national NHS research and development programme producing independent research information about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of health care treatments and tests for those who plan, provide or receive care in the NHS. Since 2006, the HTA programme has been funded through the National Institute for Health Research. A systematic review of treatments for atopic eczema, including homeopathy, was commissioned by the HTA programme and cost £48,029. A copy of the review is available on the programme's website at: